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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Scott Kettner

imageScott Kettner is founder of Nation Beat and Maracatu NY. He’ll take the stage with both groups at 92YTribeca on September 16 (DJ Greg Caz is also on the bill). Not only will the concert serve as an album release party for Nation Beat’s new record Growing Stone (which comes out on the 13th), the evening will also include the world premier of a Nation Beat video and the opening of a new photography exhibit in our gallery. Purchase tickets to the show in advance and you’ll get $5 off Growing Stone. You can also get a sneak peak of the album on Nation Beat’s website, where the band is streaming a new song from the album each week leading up to the show.

If you were curious, Kettner loves going to the beach, enjoys going to the mountains and being close to nature. He’s also a big fan of the A-Team. We know this because we saw his video dating profile on a local cable channel access channel. Actually, that’s not true. We know this because Scott Kettner is the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A series.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Usually The New York Times, NPR or the New York Daily News.

What are your favorite websites?
YouTube, Forroemvinil.com

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I use Facebook everyday but not obsessively.  I have my Twitter account connected to my Facebook account so every time I post on Facebook it automatically tweets.  This keeps me from having to spend too much time with the social networking thing and makes more time for me to work on my projects and music.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I’m reading the original Peter Pan story and a dissertation on the history of the drum set.  I’m also finishing writing a book of my own.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
None.  But when I’m traveling I like to read Rolling Stone, Modern Drummer, DRUM! Magazine and National Geographic.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
“Seinfeld,” “The Wire,” “A-Team,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons.”

What’s the last movie you saw?
Date Night

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Celebrate Brooklyn! about 2 weeks ago.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
BB King Live from Cook County Prison; downloaded it yesterday.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
I like to listen to WFMU and WKCR.  I like Rob Weisberg’s show on WFMU on Saturdays and I also love to listen to Jazzvan’s Brazilian show on WKCR on late Wednesday nights.  There’s also the gospel, bluegrass and country show on Sunday mornings on KCR that I love waking up with.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
I have some prints from Jorge Borges, a famous print maker from Brazil.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
I love going to the beach and surfing.  I surf every chance I get.  I also enjoy going to the mountains and being close to nature.

Join Scott Kettner and Nation Beat at 92YTribeca on September 16 for a night of Brazilian rhythms and sustainable agriculture!

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